18 of the Easiest Dog Breeds to Train

Owning a dog comes with a lot of responsibility. Dogs need a safe environment and a nutritious diet. They need veterinary care. Plus, they need exercise, attention, and plenty of training. It’s no wonder that in addition to searching for a dog who’s easy to own, many people want a dog who will easily learn new tricks (or learn to relieve himself outside).

To be clear, you’ll still need to spend plenty of time training your dog. And dogs who are easy to train often still need lots of your time and energy. But the dogs who are easiest to train will quickly associate commands with actions. And most of the time, they’ll want to please you and follow your instructions.

Check out the adorable dog breeds that have a strong chance of quickly learning what you teach them.

1. Bernese mountain dog

Bernese mountain dog

Bernese mountain dog | iStock.com/RalphyS

The Bernese mountain dog is a friendly breed that takes to training easily. According to the AKC, this “gentle giant” is mild-tempered and loves outdoor activities. This breed needs a moderate level of exercise, which will usually keep your dog from barking or acting out.

The Bernese Mountain Dog Club reports that “with the training essential for ownership of a large working breed, Berners are generally gentle, easygoing, and tolerant.” But they do need plenty of interaction with people. And the club advises training should always use positive techniques.

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